Dorian Gray 2009

Dorian Gray is a British film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, written by Toby Finlay (his first screenplay), and stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray. It was released in the UK on 9th September. The film began shooting in summer 2008 at Ealing Studios and locations across London and wrapped in October. The film received a £500,000 of National Lottery fund by the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund. This is the third film to be made by Ealing Studios in 2008 alongside Easy Virtue and From Time to Time.

Plot: When a naïve young Dorian (Ben Barnes) arrives in Victorian London he is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth), who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city. Henry’s friend, society artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) paints a portrait of Dorian to capture the full power of his youthful beauty. When the portrait is unveiled, Dorian makes a flippant pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture – even his soul. Dorian meets and falls in love with young budding actress Sibyl Vane (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and after a matter of a few weeks proposes; her love for Dorian causes her love for acting to disappear and she becomes useless on the stage, this causes Dorian to fall out of love with her. Dorian goes home to find the portrait of himself warped and twisted and realises that his pledge has come true, to fix his picture he wants to fix his love for Sibyl; however unbeknown to Dorian, Sibyl has killed herself. The chaos of the picture of Dorian Gray starts.

* Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray
* Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton
* Rebecca Hall as Emily Wotton
* Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward
* Emilia Fox as Victoria, Lady Henry Wotton

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